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Meet Our Heroes

At Cleveland Clinic Children's every child receives world-class care, from our youngest, littlest patients to our oldest, tallest patients. With “Meet Our Heroes” Cleveland Clinic Children’s is able to spotlight our bravest patients and most compassionate caregivers. Highlighting their successes and contributions affirms our commitment to the mission of providing compassionate, family centered, world-class pediatric care, working to restore children and adolescents to health so that they can return to their everyday activities as soon as possible.

Meet Our Hero - Nick

Nick's parents share their son's journey to becoming a competitive golfer.

Nick suffered a severe brachial plexus injury at birth. As a result of the permanent nerve damage, he did not move his left arm for the first eight months of his life. When he was 9-months-old he underwent nerve graph surgery to bypass or connect several torn and ripped nerves.

As Nick continues to grow and develop, secondary issues arise including; loss of range of motion, muscle strength and bulk in his left arm. None of this has stopped Nick from being active and playing sports. At 22-months-old Nick got a set of golf clubs to keep him using his arm. He has been hitting golf balls in his front yard ever since.

Now, at 8-years-old, Nick is on his fourth set of clubs and is playing golf competitively. Last fall, as a 7-year-old, he won the Cleveland U.S. Kids Golf Local Tour and last week played in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina. Way to go Nick!

Read About Our Past Heroes

Getting Kids Back in the Game

The ESPN Cleveland and Cleveland Clinic Children's Radiothon spotlights courageous kids who have overcome adversity to get back to what they love doing most. Their stories of courage and compassion inspire us all and motivate Cleveland Clinic Children’s caregivers to help kids get back in the game each day.